Friday 15 February 2013


Hi all,
We are having a couple of days of lovely weather here in Chester.  The sun is out and we have our new windows ajar.  It's so lovely to get the feel of fresh air through the house at last and even the central heating is breathing a sigh of relief.

Only problem we have now is we have no bathroom.  Our fitters are here and we have not had a bath since Monday before last.  The house that is!  We, however, are fortunate to have good friends who are allowing us the use of their bathrooms.  Chris is spending time in Essex as her mum has at long last come home from the rehab center so has been using their bathroom.  In the meantime when Chris is home the girls are improvising hair washes in the kitchen sink.  So glad the kitchen is functional.

Was a time Amy was small enough to bath in the sink!
The guys took out the old bathroom suite and to our horror we found the wooden floor absolutely rotten.  In fact it was that bad it was on the verge of collapsing completely.

Looks horrible and it was
Next they took out the floor completely and you can see where it was damp.  We reckon there was a leak and that had been happening for several years.
All cleared out you can see the floor starting to dry out at last by the
light patch in the fore ground
A new floor with beefier beams is now in place and they are well on the way to completing the work

The new floor beams in place
Lagging to keep the floor warm but suspended to allow air flow under.
The tiling is started.
So a few more days and all will be complete.  Can't wait to try the new shower!

Meantime we had another meeting with Fernwoods on Tuesday and met Andy, the new member of the team.  Have to say he will bring another dimension to their designs and I think will make their boats even better than they are.  Ken and Julia made a good choice in Andy and he will be a great asset to them.

We discussed and finalised more details of the build, especially the interior layout and materials we will have on board.  The colour scheme for outside is now set.  I'll not reveal all just yet but will let you know more as the build progresses.

All being well AmyJo will be with Fernwoods end of March so the pace is finally picking up.  We had planned to visit Alexander boats tomorrow but have put this of until next week as its more convenient for Jim and us, what with the bathroom works going on.

Thats all for now, the fitters need their coffee topped up and I'm thinking of going for a stroll as I've not been feeling all that for a while and some fresh air will do me some good.  Hope you are all OK and enjoying this weather.  Take Care

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